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March 30, 2015

HP's New Software Lineup Brings Insight to Mobile App Development

These days, it's not out of line to say that a mobile app is to a company what a website used to be. While a standard website is still a vital part of company communications, it's the mobile app that's seen a lot of growth these days and helps a company put its best foot forward. In aid of that, HP has brought out some new tools designed to not only spur app development, but help developers make the apps that bring the most value to—and the best ratings from—those who put them to use.

The new tools HP brought out included things like HP App Pulse Mobile, a tool that runs constant analysis on the performance and stability of apps, as well as providing a look at how resources are used on the device running said apps. The tool also provides what's known as a “FunDex” score, which allows app developers to not only see what's being used, but also provide some suggestions on how to fix the issues that crop up. Additionally, HP also showed off the new Agile project management tools, allowing developers to better put Agile principles to work. Finally, HP's new Application Lifecycle Management tool helps improve both defect and test management functions to make the best apps possible.

That wasn't all HP brought out, though; HP also has a new version of HP Mobile Center, as well as new versions of HP Network Virtualization, HP Service Virtualization, HP LoadRunner, HP Performance Center and HP StormRunner Load. Each of these tools brings a little something different to the table with the key thrust of helping to improve apps and app performance.

Developed apps these days have a tough task ahead; such have to be able to accommodate a wide array of different devices—particularly if developing for Android devices—as well as handling different networks and platforms. The apps also have to be able to not only understand the huge amount of data flowing through, but also be able to act on that data to give the best possible user experience. Already HP's new tools are having an impact; SpeechTrans' COO, Yan Auerbach, noted that HP's tools allowed for rapid fixes of issues, dropping the time from three weeks to less than two days, for just about any problem that occurred.

It's one thing to have an app, but having an app that doesn't work—and doesn't work well—can actually be worse than not having an app at all. If a company's mobile app is buggy and flawed, how many potential customers—or worse, current customers—might start to wonder if the rest of the company is likewise buggy and flawed? That could cost business, and that's the point where a death spiral often starts. Of course, a buggy app may not kill a company's fortunes, but taking chances when there are so many tools like HP's lineup on hand just doesn't make sense.

HP's new tools have already seemed to work in the field, so it's likely the new tools will carry on the success. Only time will tell if that's the case, but for now, HP may well have found new strength in making apps better.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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